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Hello,

Firstly may I say that I am an extremely happy Windows 7 user and after the travesty of interface design that is called Windows 10, I will never be 'upgrading'. Now that's out of the way I would like to get to my question, considering that newer generations of CPUs do not support Windows 7, I would like to know the 'ultimate' Windows 7 machine build. Criteria- CPU must be supported and must work without any community made/ 3rd party patches. It has to be a no-compromises machine i.e. DDR4, overclocked, pro mobo etc etc... I ask this in light of pursuit to build the best possible, fully supported Windows 7 rig, a new passion of my having had the misfortune the other day, of using Windows 10.

Help a brother out.

Louis

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What? I'm pretty sure many modern CPUs work with windows 7.


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Corsair CXM 450W 

 

Lenovo H320 (Old Pre-built PC)                                      Possible upgrade for H320          

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Lenovo H320 case                                                             Lenovo H320 case

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3 minutes ago, louisjamesbanks said:

Hello,

Firstly may I say that I am an extremely happy Windows 7 user and after the travesty of interface design that is called Windows 10, I will never be 'upgrading'. Now that's out of the way I would like to get to my question, considering that newer generations of CPUs do not support Windows 7, I would like to know the 'ultimate' Windows 7 machine build. Criteria- CPU must be supported and must work without any community made/ 3rd party patches. It has to be a no-compromises machine i.e. DDR4, overclocked, pro mobo etc etc... I ask this in light of pursuit to build the best possible, fully supported Windows 7 rig, a new passion of my having had the misfortune the other day, of using Windows 10.

Help a brother out.

Louis

 

2 minutes ago, QuantumBit said:

What? I'm pretty sure many modern CPUs work with windows 7.

Some Cpus don't support windows 7 anymore like kaby and coffee lake and zen

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2 minutes ago, coyotetracker said:

 

Some Cpus don't support windows 7 anymore like kaby and coffee lake and zen

From what I see the only issues is W7 not supporting USB3


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NZXT S340 White

Corsair CXM 450W 

 

Lenovo H320 (Old Pre-built PC)                                      Possible upgrade for H320          

i5 650 3.2 GHz (heh)                                                                                    Xeon X3470

Motherboard unknown                                                       Same Motherboard

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6GB DDR3 (4+2GB)                                                           8-10GB DDR3 (4+2+2GB/4+4+2GB)

Lenovo H320 case                                                             Lenovo H320 case

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7 minutes ago, louisjamesbanks said:

Hello,

Firstly may I say that I am an extremely happy Windows 7 user and after the travesty of interface design that is called Windows 10, I will never be 'upgrading'. Now that's out of the way I would like to get to my question, considering that newer generations of CPUs do not support Windows 7, I would like to know the 'ultimate' Windows 7 machine build. Criteria- CPU must be supported and must work without any community made/ 3rd party patches. It has to be a no-compromises machine i.e. DDR4, overclocked, pro mobo etc etc... I ask this in light of pursuit to build the best possible, fully supported Windows 7 rig, a new passion of my having had the misfortune the other day, of using Windows 10.

Help a brother out.

Louis

@louisjamesbanks Here is a parts list https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hb4sXP

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4 minutes ago, QuantumBit said:

What? I'm pretty sure many modern CPUs work with windows 7.

If you do get it installed, Microsoft will deny you updates on the OS though. 

To OP, I think the best platform you could choose is 1150 (Haswell, Devil's Canyon) or LGA 2011-3 if you want the extra cores compared to.


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CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 || Motherboard: MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon || RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz (running at 2933Mhz) || GPU: Gigabyte Auros RX 580 4GB || Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB + Seagate Barracuda 2TB || Cooling: Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || PSU: Corsair RMx 750W

Peripherals:

Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT-990 250 Ohm || Mouse: Roccat Kiro || Keyboard: Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro S RGB || Mousepad: CM Storm Swift-RX XXL || Graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos Pen Small

Old PC:

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1 minute ago, Minibois said:

If you do get it installed, Microsoft will deny you updates on the OS though. 

To OP, I think the best platform you could choose is 1150 (Haswell, Devil's Canyon) or LGA 2011-3 if you want the extra cores compared to.

Does Haswell support ddr4?

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Just now, coyotetracker said:

Does Haswell support ddr4?

Dont think so


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NZXT S340 White

Corsair CXM 450W 

 

Lenovo H320 (Old Pre-built PC)                                      Possible upgrade for H320          

i5 650 3.2 GHz (heh)                                                                                    Xeon X3470

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Crucial 240GB SSD                                                           Crucial 240GB SSD

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Lenovo H320 case                                                             Lenovo H320 case

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2 minutes ago, coyotetracker said:

Does Haswell support ddr4?

Crap, missed that part. It indeed does not support DDR4. 

I think the LGA 2011-3 would be the only platform supporting what OP needs.

 

DDR4 support, still somewhat higher end. Plus anything beyond that will be registery tweaked so you still get updates, if you even get the OS installed.


"There's no such thing as perfect. You're beautiful as you are Courage. With all your imperfections you can do anything."

Gear:                           .                                                                                                                         .

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PC:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 || Motherboard: MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon || RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz (running at 2933Mhz) || GPU: Gigabyte Auros RX 580 4GB || Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB + Seagate Barracuda 2TB || Cooling: Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || PSU: Corsair RMx 750W

Peripherals:

Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT-990 250 Ohm || Mouse: Roccat Kiro || Keyboard: Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro S RGB || Mousepad: CM Storm Swift-RX XXL || Graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos Pen Small

Old PC:

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 255 || Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO || RAM: 4x2GB DDR3 || GPU: Nvidia Quadro 512MB || Case: Antec Sonata III || PSU: Antec Earthwatts 500W Bronze

Minibois' Digital Art Thread

Reviews: Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro S RGB || Wacom Intuos Pen Small || Roccat Kiro

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Setup: Current setup

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2 minutes ago, Minibois said:

Crap, missed that part. It indeed does not support DDR4. 

I think the LGA 2011-3 would be the only platform supporting what OP needs.

 

DDR4 support, still somewhat higher end. Plus anything beyond that will be registery tweaked so you still get updates, if you even get the OS installed.

The best Cpu for him is probably skylake. 

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2 minutes ago, coyotetracker said:

The best Cpu for him is probably skylake. 

Likely. Depends on what is more important, single core performance (which is better on Skylake) or extra cores (X99)


"There's no such thing as perfect. You're beautiful as you are Courage. With all your imperfections you can do anything."

Gear:                           .                                                                                                                         .

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PC:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 || Motherboard: MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon || RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz (running at 2933Mhz) || GPU: Gigabyte Auros RX 580 4GB || Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB + Seagate Barracuda 2TB || Cooling: Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || PSU: Corsair RMx 750W

Peripherals:

Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT-990 250 Ohm || Mouse: Roccat Kiro || Keyboard: Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro S RGB || Mousepad: CM Storm Swift-RX XXL || Graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos Pen Small

Old PC:

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 255 || Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO || RAM: 4x2GB DDR3 || GPU: Nvidia Quadro 512MB || Case: Antec Sonata III || PSU: Antec Earthwatts 500W Bronze

Minibois' Digital Art Thread

Reviews: Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro S RGB || Wacom Intuos Pen Small || Roccat Kiro

Threads: Pokémon Thread || Dutch Talk || Super Smash Bros. Melee Thread

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Wait, why is Intel ending it's support of Windows 7?  Microsoft said it's still got a few years left in it?

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1 minute ago, NoobCase said:

Wasnt it the 5860k that kind of hit the sweetspot? Especially when overclocked?

5820K or 5930K?

But these are both great, the first more than the latter; since the latter really only has some more PCI lanes, which would be a good thing in 3 or 4 way SLI (wow, things that don't exist anymore! /s)

 

Just now, ZcanKal said:

Wait, why is Intel ending it's support of Windows 7?  Microsoft said it's still got a few years left in it?

Installing Windows 7 on newer boards is already a big deal, since some motherboards wont pick it up, but Microsoft also tells people with Kaby Lake or Ryzen systems (or newer, probably) that their systems are not supported and won't receive updates until they are on Windows 10.

So while yes, Windows 7 is supported until 2020, not on all platforms.


"There's no such thing as perfect. You're beautiful as you are Courage. With all your imperfections you can do anything."

Gear:                           .                                                                                                                         .

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PC:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 || Motherboard: MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon || RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz (running at 2933Mhz) || GPU: Gigabyte Auros RX 580 4GB || Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB + Seagate Barracuda 2TB || Cooling: Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || PSU: Corsair RMx 750W

Peripherals:

Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT-990 250 Ohm || Mouse: Roccat Kiro || Keyboard: Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro S RGB || Mousepad: CM Storm Swift-RX XXL || Graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos Pen Small

Old PC:

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 255 || Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO || RAM: 4x2GB DDR3 || GPU: Nvidia Quadro 512MB || Case: Antec Sonata III || PSU: Antec Earthwatts 500W Bronze

Minibois' Digital Art Thread

Reviews: Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro S RGB || Wacom Intuos Pen Small || Roccat Kiro

Threads: Pokémon Thread || Dutch Talk || Super Smash Bros. Melee Thread

Setup: Current setup

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22 minutes ago, Minibois said:

5820K or 5930K?

But these are both great, the first more than the latter; since the latter really only has some more PCI lanes, which would be a good thing in 3 or 4 way SLI (wow, things that don't exist anymore! /s)

 

Installing Windows 7 on newer boards is already a big deal, since some motherboards wont pick it up, but Microsoft also tells people with Kaby Lake or Ryzen systems (or newer, probably) that their systems are not supported and won't receive updates until they are on Windows 10.

So while yes, Windows 7 is supported until 2020, not on all platforms.

changed to 5820k prior to your post ;) 5860k just didn't sound right so I had to do some google-fu

 

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1 hour ago, Minibois said:

If you do get it installed, Microsoft will deny you updates on the OS though

The Zeffy Patch will take care of that.

 

 

 

 

Personally I built an X99 system because at the time there was still a lot of uncertainty about whether or not Skylake would also not get updates anymore etc.  I'll be using this rig for ... ooh ... probably another 5 or more years. 

 

One thing worth noting is that support for Win7 will end in January 2020.  There will be no registry tweak to get several more years of patches like XP has, and I'm not sure if there will be a server version of the OS that still gets patched, like Vista users are now using Server2008 patches for example.  So assume that in 2020 your OS will not get patched anymore.  

 

I too will not be making the jump to Win10.  I still have an 8.1 retail box, which should see me through to 2023.  But the odds are that I'm 100% on Linux before 2020 anyway. 

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I have a skylake with usb3 and ddr4 supported a fresh install of Win7 no issues...


So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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4 minutes ago, Captain Chaos said:

The Zeffy Patch will take care of that.

OP asked for something that did not require "community made/ 3rd party patches", which is why I chose not to mention any of those sorta patches.

I've been thinking about going Linux too, because Windows 10 is just not what I have been looking for. It's just that I have never (outside of some server work) really used Linux and basically always used Windows.


"There's no such thing as perfect. You're beautiful as you are Courage. With all your imperfections you can do anything."

Gear:                           .                                                                                                                         .

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PC:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 || Motherboard: MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon || RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz (running at 2933Mhz) || GPU: Gigabyte Auros RX 580 4GB || Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB + Seagate Barracuda 2TB || Cooling: Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || PSU: Corsair RMx 750W

Peripherals:

Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT-990 250 Ohm || Mouse: Roccat Kiro || Keyboard: Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro S RGB || Mousepad: CM Storm Swift-RX XXL || Graphics tablet: Wacom Intuos Pen Small

Old PC:

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 255 || Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO || RAM: 4x2GB DDR3 || GPU: Nvidia Quadro 512MB || Case: Antec Sonata III || PSU: Antec Earthwatts 500W Bronze

Minibois' Digital Art Thread

Reviews: Coolermaster Masterkeys Pro S RGB || Wacom Intuos Pen Small || Roccat Kiro

Threads: Pokémon Thread || Dutch Talk || Super Smash Bros. Melee Thread

Setup: Current setup

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4 minutes ago, Minibois said:

OP asked for something that did not require "community made/ 3rd party patches", which is why I chose not to mention any of those sorta patches.

Ah, I must have missed that part.  My bad! :$

 

Yeah, then it's Skylake or X99 indeed

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Windows 7 works with all new Intel and AMD CPUs, and the block of newer CPUs that Microsoft has added to Windows 7 and 8's Windows Update is entirely artificial.

 

The block on Windows 7 and 8 Windows Update can be easily permanently removed with this patch, which Captain Chaos already mentioned: https://github.com/zeffy/wufuc

 

It takes less than a minute to download and run, and then your Windows 7 OS is set for its life to receive all future security updates. There's no reason to not do that, if you want to have all the latest hardware, and also want to have all future Windows 7 security updates installed.

 

 

Alternatively, you could download an already up-to-date Windows 7 ISO from here: http://getintopc.com/softwares/operating-systems/

 

Their ISOs are updated each month. You could install Windows 7 from their ISO, and then just not care about Windows Update from then on.

 

Another option, if you  feel you don't need Windows Update at all, and don't want any of the invasive telemetry that Microsoft has back-added to Windows 7, is to download the June 2015 ISO of Windows 7 Ultimate that I have here: 

 

 

Windows 7 doesn't have native USB 3 support, but you can find whichever USB 3 driver you need and either slipstream it into your Windows 7 ISO, or install it after you've installed Windows 7 via a disc.

 

Intel has a tool to create a USB 3 bootable Windows 7 image here: https://intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000017241/mini-pcs.html

 

Gigabyte has a similar tool: http://gigabytedaily.blogspot.ca/2015/09/having-trouble-installing-windows-7-by.html

 

 

Gigabyte provides Windows 7 chipset drivers on their website for their latest Intel motherboards.

 

And if you want to go with AMD, they supply full chipset drivers for Ryzen and Threadripper: 

 


Disable, uninstall, and block telemetry and data collection in Windows 7 / 8 / 10

Other resources for updating Windows 7, and creating a custom pre-updated Windows 7 ISO

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